Monday, April 15, 2013

Softball coach optimistic for 2013 team in SMAA by David Field

Morgan Richmond
After a 3-13 record in 2012, varsity head coach Mark Tucker is a little more optimistic for 2013.  “We had three 1-run losses and kept most of the games in reach.  This year, I hope to close the gap even more and grind out some wins out of those close games we were previously on the losing end of.  We have an awesome bunch of girls this year who really enjoy the game,” said Tucker.

Tucker enters his fourth year at the helm of the Eagles.  This season, he has three seniors that have been four-year varsity starters for him: third baseman Colleen Holtan, first baseman Haley Plante and left fielder Julia Loscuito.  Tucker also will be depending on juniors Katelyn Tucker for pitching and Morgan Richmond in centerfield to anchor the defense.  The remaining four spots on the roster are up for grabs for a myriad of players including freshman Sadie Nelson, who Tucker plans on using at catcher.

Haley Plante

“The SMAA is always the toughest conference,” said Tucker.  He expects that South Portland and Scarborough to be the top contenders.  South Portland won the west last year and lost in the state championship game.

The varsity squad is coached by Tucker and his assistant, Kris Allen.  The Eagle JV coach is EJ Regan and the middle school coach is Travis Demmons.

Windham will open its season against Sanford on April 19.  “We should be in the right mix and should make it back to the playoffs after years of rebuilding,” said Tucker.

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